Yesterday was Education Day at COP24. Simply put, this theme communicates that the more you know, the more you can do to realize the resilient, equitable, renewable energy world we have all dreamed of. This video by the UNFCCC collects the sentiment of Education Day from young leaders at COP24.
Multiple events highlighted the critical role education plays in the global response to climate change. In fact, education is written into the Paris Agreement. Article 12 of the agreement states that “Parties [countries] shall cooperate in taking measures to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information”.
Countries have a responsibility to share the science behind climate change, how it is impacting their citizens and environment, and what technologies and solutions exist to mitigate and adapt to the issue. This education has a crucial effect on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (by 2030) agreed on by participating countries that aim to improve people’s lives everywhere.
We value the opportunity this day provides to highlight not only education’s important place as a solution, but also the importance of a youth presence in the broader climate conversation. These high-level international negotiations can sometimes be a place that feels inaccessible for young leaders at times, despite the fact that the decisions made directly affect their future.
Some youth have the opportunity to share their stories and voices on a bigger scale, like Greta Thunberg from Sweden who has skipped school to stand on the steps of Parliament demanding climate action. YOUNGO, or a collection of Young Non-Governmental Organizations, brings together hundreds of youth to organize the Conference of Youth (COY) on the weekend before COP each year. The COY brings together young people from around the world to exchange experiences, knowledge, and good practices to strengthen the international youth climate movement and involve next generations in developing climate solutions and actions.
Yesterday, there were murmurs and requests to include youth on high-level panels in future COPs so they can share their thoughts on climate change and how they learn about it best, so decisions can be made to reflect that. And, the “experts” in the room can learn from young students in the process.
For a direct youth perspective of COP24, read the blogs of the students from the School of Environmental Studies here in Minnesota that are attending the conference.
Here’s our round-up of notable news:
- EU and other countries pledge to up their current climate commitments.
- Thinking ahead to next year, Brazil has backed out of hosting COP25.
Climate Generation Delegation Blogs
Mark your calendar for the COP24 webcasts throughout the experience!
RE-WATCH NOW – December 7: Alissa Matthies Tamasi
RE-WATCH NOW – December 10: Jesse Turck
RE-WATCH NOW – December 11: School of Environmental Studies
RE-WATCH NOW – December 12: Michelle Courtright
RE-WATCH NOW – December 13: Alexis Ludwig-Vogen
Save the Date
Don’t miss our post-COP24 panel on December 19, 4 to 5 p.m. CST, at the Institute on the Environment featuring our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the Katowice Climate Talks. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.